Transition from military life to civilian life is a big deal, whether you serve for four years or 40. One of the keys to a smooth transition is preparation by both the service member and the spouse.
The Department of Defense recognizes the role of the spouse in a smooth military transition, and has developed a new tool, called the Military Spouse Transition Program, designed to bolster your military spouse success at each step of the journey, from the beginning to the end of your family’s military experience.
New Consultation for Service Member Transitions
The Department of Defense offers service members and recent veterans tailored assistance with the transition into civilian life through a new specialty consultation, called Transitioning Veterans.
Also called MySTeP, the program empowers spouses to understand and use the resources, benefits, programs and tools available throughout the military spouse experience. Hosted on the MySECO website, the self-directed MySTeP is broken down by three stages of the military spouse experience: Stepping In, Stepping Through and Stepping Beyond.
Stepping In is aimed at military spouses who are still learning what tools, programs and benefits are available through the military. These educational, financial and career resources help military spouses develop their personal and professional goals, and then guide them to the right programs to help meet those goals.
Topics include career development, education, training and licensing, financial readiness, and building professional and personal networks.
Stepping Through is for spouses who are ready to expand on their knowledge and grow their personal and professional networks. It dives deeper into the resources and programs available to help spouses meet their personal, educational and career plans.
Specific topics covered include health and wellness, job hunting, PCS moves, educational opportunities, child care, financial readiness and career advancement.
Stepping Beyond is for spouses whose service member is actively preparing for transition to civilian life. Stepping Beyond helps military families identify the challenges in their transition process and make an informed transition plan to overcome any potential obstacles. Pre-transition topics include post-military benefits, health care, finances and transition training.
Because MySTeP is available online and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, it can be a valuable supplement to the transition services available through your branch’s Transition GPS program. Like other Military OneSource services, eligibility for SECO services ends one year – 365 days – after military service ends.
Visit the MySECO website and click on the ’transition’ tab to explore the MySTeP program. Share the news about MySTeP with your friends, no matter where they are on their military voyage. There is something in MySTeP for every military spouse.
All three stages of the program are supported with personalized guidance from Military OneSource. Call 800-342-9647 or start a Live Chat to speak to a SECO career coach about your family’s military transition. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options.